Worth Saving

There's arbitration, free agency, the Rule 5 Draft and minor league free agency. We've got an early look at who is eligible for what in the Phillies organization.

Major League Free Agents A player with six or more years of major league service, that does not have a valid contract for 2009 is eligible for free agency.

Pat Burrell (Type A)
Scott Eyre
Tadahito Iguchi (Type B)
Jamie Moyer (Type B)
Rudy Saenez

Potential Free Agents (Phillies hold a club option): Tom Gordon and So Taguchi.

Arbitration Eligible Three years of major league service are required for a player to be eligible or be in the top 17% (based on service time) of players with two years of eligibility. Players in that class are known as a "super two" player. To qualify as a "super two", the player must have had a minimum of 86 days of service with the big league club during the 2008 season.

Eric Bruntlett
Clay Condrey
Greg Dobbs
Chad Durbin
Ryan Madson
Shane Victorino
Jayson Werth
Potential "super two" players: Chris Coste and Carlos Ruiz.

Rule 5 Players Any player that is not on the 40 man roster as of November 20th is eligible for the Rule 5 Draft, if...
1.) They were 18 or younger when they first signed a pro contract and this is the fourth Rule 5 draft since they signed.
2.) They were 19 or older when they first signed a pro contract and this is the third Rule 5 draft since they signed.

Quintin Berry
Herman Demmink
Jason Donald
Michael Durant
Brett Harker
Gus Milner
Patrick Overholt
Ben Pfinsgraff
Jeremy Slayden
R.J. Swindle
John Urick

The preceding list is not an all inclusive list. It simply lists some of the players who would be best known by fans that are eligible for the Rule 5 Draft.

Minor League Free Agency A minor league player is eligible for free agency if he has played all or part of seven seasons in the major or minor leagues and is not on a 40 man roster by October 15.

Jason Anderson
Travis Blackley
Jake Blalock
Matt Childers
J.D. Durbin
Mike Eylward
Steve Green
Orlando Guevara
Joey Hammond
Brennan King
Jon Knott
Carlos Leon
Jason Mackintosh
Brian Mazone
Travis Minix
Justin Pope
Stephen Randolph
Oscar Robles
Mike Rouse
Matt Smith
Steven Smith
Chris Snelling
Mike Spidale
John Suomi
Rich Thompson
Brandon Watson

Again, this is not an all inclusive list, but a list of some of the more prominent minor league free agents.

Please note that a player's status can change between now and the deadline for their particular situation. For instance, it's likely that the Phillies will add Jason Donald to the 40 man roster, ending his eligibility for the Rule 5 Draft.

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